Legislation aimed at creating a New Jersey Puerto Rico Commission within the Department of State has taken a major step forward. Prime sponsored by Hudson County Assemblypersons Pedro Mejia (D-Dist. 32) and Annette Chaparro (D-Dist. 33), the bill cleared the Assembly’s State and Local Government Committee on Monday.
In a joint statement, the legislators stated, “Many residents and communities in our state share a proud Puerto Rican heritage. We recognize that we can help our fellow Americans on the Island by creating a Commission to promote business, advance trade, and spur investments between New Jersey and Puerto Rico.”
Mejia and Chaparro say the basis for the legislation was created through the recent findings and recommendations of the former New Jersey Puerto Rico Relief Commission.
The proposed bill (A-4188) is also co-sponsored by Middlesex County Democratic Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez.